Encompassing 21,688 square kilometers, and with a population of 4.73 million, Kunming, a famous historical and cultural city, is capital of Yunnan Province and is also a beautiful tourists' destination. With a history of more than 2400 years, it was the gateway to the celebrated Silk Road that facilitated trade with Tibet, Sichuan, Myanmar and India.
Neither cold nor hot, is the city where people can enjoy flowers throughout the whole year like spring all the time. It is therefore known as "Spring City" because every season is like spring. Whenever you are planning to go, the temperature is always pleasant. The city has appeared on the worldwide map because of its international horticulture exposition in 1999. With its convenient transport links in and out of the city, Kunming welcomes and sees off tens of thousands of tourists every day.
A classic museum piece is the unearthed relics of Yuanmou Man, from some 1.7 million years ago. The finding indicates that Chinese people might have originated in Yunnan. Kunming is also the focal point of Yunnan minority culture. Some 26 ethnic minorities such as Yi, Bai, Miao, Dai, Hani and more inhabit the region. Each group has its own featured festivals such as the Torch festival of Yi people, the Golden Temple Fair and so on. Its alluring highland scenery, bewitching karst landform, varied and exotic habitats and customs and places of historical interest can be found at major scenic spots such as Dianchi Lake, Stone Forest , the Village of Ethnic Culture, Grand View Pavilion, etc.
Kunming has more than one hundred star rated hotels and a variety of a thousand or so guest houses. These provide tourists a wide choice of somewhere to relax after whole day's tour.
Kunming is also renowned for many delicious local dishes; the most famous ones are Across Bridge Rice Noodle and Xuanwei Ham. You can enjoy them both at local famous restaurants or the night market. In the night markets you will find many pubs, bars and cafes that serve good quality meals. And do not forget to buy some locally produced souvenirs for your friends or family when you visit Kunming, such as ivory or wood carvings. You will find a variety of stores to meet your specified requirements.
Standing side by side with its remarkable local folk culture, Kunming is a modern city with impressive skyscrapers and Hi-tech international Groups. Now the city is the political, economical and cultural center of Yunnan and the provincial center for transport, science and technology and consequently has become the most popular center for tourism in Southwest China.